Unless you added a couple of extra days to the front or back end of your trip, visiting a city by cruise ship doesn't provide much time to sightsee. Most companies allow only eight or nine hours in a port, usually less. Others may get two days if they're lucky. Therefore, it’s important to optimize your schedule and plan ahead. With so many exciting things to see and do, it’s hard to fit everything in. 10Best has put together a list of the best Amsterdam attractions near the cruise port, so you can stay close to the ship and still see the highlights of this historic, charming city.
First things first, if you have any luggage, leave it on the ship or put it in a locker at the passenger terminal. Only bring the essentials. Second, the passenger terminal is within walking distance of the city center. However, it is more efficient to take the tram. There's a stop in front of the passenger terminal, and you can buy a pass on the tram.
Depending on how much time you have, there are many interesting things to do. One of the best ways to see the city is from the canals. Take a canal cruise, especially if the sun is shining. Most last about an hour. The Red Light District is a great place to see if you want to experience Amsterdam’s open-minded culture. If you love history, visit the Amsterdam Museum or Rembrandt House.